byteXL and Parul University collaborate to create highly skilled talent for the IT industry

byteXL and Parul University

Hyderabad, 29th September 2023: byteXL – one of the leading IT skilling partners for Engineering Colleges in India, and Parul University, a leading educational university from Vadodara (Gujarat) have announced the launch of a new course – B.Tech Computer Science. The newly launched course, spread over 4 years, integrates the latest industry insights and practices, facilitated by byteXL’s collaboration with Microsoft. This course is aimed at equipping students with a comprehensive understanding of core computer science concepts, practical skills in utilizing cutting-edge technologies, and the ability to solve real-world problems in various domains. This will assist in raising students’ Employability Quotient and making them more relevant for hiring by technology companies. byteXL has specially created an ‘Industry-Relevant Curriculum’ for students opting for this course through a combination of Parul University’s academic faculty’s expertise with the insights and guidance provided by Microsoft. The curriculum now encompasses the latest advancements in computer science, including emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, and Software Engineering.

This new course is part of an MoU signed between byteXL and Parul University wherein both the edtech platform and the university aim at sharing core competencies and resources. byteXL is fostering existing skills and helping develop new skill sets in accordance with the fast-paced evolution of coding. Collaboration with Microsoft is also a booster in the course launch as byteXL’s vision is to integrate the latest industry insights, equip students with a comprehensive understanding of core computer science concepts, practical skills in utilizing cutting-edge technologies, and the ability to solve real-world problems in various domains. Practical skills development will be offered through project-based learning to assist students in developing hands-on skills highly sought after by employers. Industry mentorship and guest lectures from Microsoft professionals will provide mentorship to students in understanding real-world applications and gaining insights into industry trends, challenges, and best practices.

Commenting on the new course launch, Mr. Sricharan Tadepalli, Co-Founder & CSO, byteXL said, “As a part of our vision to transform engineering education in the country with industry-relevant curriculum, this new course offered in collaboration with Parul University will ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the evolving needs of the technology sector. We envision changing the placement landscape and the general academic and training quality for the students. We are sure this course with Parul University is a step in the right direction to bridge the industry skill gap.”

“We at Parul University have been quite keen on developing highly relevant curriculums for our students. We are glad that now with byteXL, the students have an upskilling platform right at the university, so they can stay updated with the latest industry trends. As a university, we will provide all the facilities, infrastructure, knowledge, and support system to back their training as well. I am sure this collaboration and this course introduction will open new avenues for our students,” said Mr. Santosh Nair – Managing Director, Industry Collaborations & Academic Strategies, at Parul University.

Under the new course, students will also get quality internships and career placement support facilitated by byteXL. Career placement support services will also be provided through campus recruitment drives, resume-building workshops, networking events, etc.

byteXL, with expertise in the edtech space also recently signed an MoU with AICTE and will be part of the Government’s advisory board discussing and recommending solutions in tech skilling. Having partnered with 100+ colleges across 7 states in India to skill 1.2 lac students, the company has a strong connection with the colleges on-ground across tier I, II, and III cities and has a strong grasp of the college’s individual needs and necessities. The company will also share its suggestions on updating the curriculum development and on inculcating courses attuned to the needs of the Tech Industry. byteXL is currently also working with 22 colleges under its Campus Transformation initiative wherein it is working towards operational excellence, curriculum transformation, better placements, and other allied services to enhance the quality of education and overall experience for the students, management, faculty, and recruiters at these colleges.

Karnataka investors prefer equity category funds over debt category funds: Tata Asset Management

Karnataka| 29th September 2023 The equity mutual funds have witnessed a net inflow of Rs.20,245.26 crore in August 2023, according to the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) data. The same AMFI data suggests within the equity mutual fund category, the small-cap category saw inflows of Rs 4,264.82 crore while sectoral/thematic funds saw inflows of Rs 4,805.81 crore, and the multi-cap category witnessed Rs 3,422.14 crore inflows. Overall, the mutual fund industry in India reported total assets under management (AUM) of Rs 46.63 lakh crore i.e. including the close-ended schemes as per the August AMFI data.

As the size of mutual funds (MF) assets grows in India, we find a pattern where a few states continue to prefer equity MF schemes over non-equity schemes. Investors in Karnataka for example have shown an inclination for equity mutual funds over non-equity. As of August 2023, 54% of the investments from the state of Karnataka are parked in equity schemes while 38% is parked in debt & liquid schemes and 5% in balanced funds. Investors in Karnataka have parked almost Rs. 3,21,540.16 crore in mutual funds.

For Tata Mutual Fund, 49% of AUM comes from equity schemes, 38% from debt & liquid schemes and 14% from balanced schemes in Karnataka according to August AMFI data.

Within the equity category, there is inclination amongst the investors towards thematic funds such as Tata Housing Opportunities Fund which is an open-ended equity scheme following housing theme. It may be noted here that the Tata Housing Opportunities Fund falls under very high-risk category.

Tejas Gutka,

According to Tejas Gutka, Fund Manager, Tata Asset Management, “At Tata Asset Management, our focus is on the investment process and disciplined approach to investing. We adopt the Growth at Reasonable Price (GARP) approach to investing across our MF schemes including Tata Housing Opportunities Fund. The GARP approach allows us to bet on high quality shares and at the same time ensures that the quality shares are bought at reasonable price. We believe there are multiple opportunities at this point of time in the broad markets which can see strong growth as well as re-rating and we are trying to capture them in our Tata Housing Opportunities Fund. As the demand for housing increases, so does the demand for products that go into building a house.

For Tata Housing Opportunities Fund the aim is to build a portfolio by identifying entities within the list of basic industries (as per AMFI classification from time to time) under Housing theme that may have potential for meaningful growth, and which may have a sustainable competitive advantage.”

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are personal in nature and in is no way trying to predict the markets or to time them. The views expressed are for information purpose only and do not construe to be any investment, legal or taxation advice. Any action taken by you on the basis of the information contained herein is your responsibility alone and Tata Asset Management Pvt. Ltd. will not be liable in any manner for the consequences of such action taken by you. Please consult your Mutual Fund Distributor before investing. The views expressed in this article may not reflect in the scheme portfolios of Tata Mutual Fund. The view expressed are based on the current market scenario and the same is subject to change. There are no guaranteed or assured returns under any of the scheme of Tata mutual Fund.

10th IME 2023 to usher International Exhibitions and Conferences to focus on key industrial sectors

Bengaluru 29th September 2023 : The 10th edition of the four-day International Mining, Equipment & Minerals (IME 2023) is scheduled to begin on November 6, 2023, at Kolkata where participants from more than 30 countries.

Concurrently, the 10th Asian Mining Congress will provide a forum to promote and advance techno-scientific cooperation towards national and international progress in the areas of mineral production, in addition to the development of new opportunities of sustainable business that will benefit both Asian and Global Mining Communities.

The International Exhibition will also showcase Alternate Energy sources, Electric Vehicles along with Mining, Minerals, and allied industries.

The theme of this year’s Mining Congress – “Roadmap for Best Mining Practices vis-à-vis Global Transformation”- is likely to brainstorm on best mining practices taking stock of the recent developments, availability of state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and relevant cutting-edge innovations, including digital transformations in the sector.

The event is expected to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Coal Mines & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India in the presence of Foreign Trade Commissions and several other senior officers from the Central & State Governments.

Organizations from such mega sectors as Steel, Metallurgy, Construction – equipment, materials, Alternate Energies sources, and Electric Vehicles along with Mining, Minerals and allied industries, will participate in the event.

Organized by TAFCON along with MGMI, the event expects 25,000 high-value business visitors, close to 15,000 trade visitors, and 1,000 delegates

besides several trade delegations from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Iran, the UK, and USA.

Announcing the details of the mega international exhibitions and conferences, IP Wadhwa, Managing Worker, Tafcon Projects India Private Limited said, “This shall be the first ever platform slated to represent such varied sectors as Steel, Metallurgy, Construction – equipment, materials apart from Alternate Future Energy and Electric Vehicle segment”.

Billed as one of the breakthrough exhibitions and conferences of India, the mega four-day event will mark many related B2B meetings which will be held as concurrent events: IME – the flagship event ISME – International Steel and Metallurgy Exhibition, CEM – International Construction, Equipment & Materials Exhibition at the same venue.

This is of great significance considering that India is presently the largest crude steel producer in the world and construction is one among the key growth drivers.

With a global requirement for new advancement and initiatives in the Energy sector, these B2B Exhibitions promise to be a unique place for the increased international footfalls and businesses to flourish.

ONGC inks MoU with NTPC Green Energy Limited for Development of Renewable Energy Projects

Mumbai, 29th September 2023 Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NTPC Green Energy Limited (NGEL) to realize its Renewable energy objectives towards energy transition on 27 September 2023. The MoU will primarily explore the feasibility and setting up of Renewable Energy Projects in various domains.

ONGC inks MoU

The MoU was signed by ONGC Executive Director Debdulal Adhikari (left) and CEO (NGEL) Mohit Bhargava in the presence of ONGC Chairman & CEO Arun Kumar Singh and NTPC Limited Chairman and Managing Director & CEO Gurdeep Singh.

The MoU envisages collaboration of the two mega entities in Renewable Power Projects in India and Overseas through offshore wind projects and exploring opportunities in the Storage, E-mobility, Carbon Credits and Green Credits, Nuclear, Green Hydrogen business and its derivatives (Green Ammonia and Green Methanol).

Tata Power Renewable Energy to set up 41 MW captive solar plant…

Bangalore, 29th September 2023: Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL), a subsidiary of The Tata Power Company Limited, will set up a 41 MW captive solar plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu for TP Solar Limited (TP Solar)’s new greenfield 4.3 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility located at Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. The captive plant will help generate 101 million units of electricity and offset around 72,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The captive solar project will be commissioned 12 months from the signing of the Project Development Agreement (PDA). TPREL has established TP Govardhan Creatives Limited, a specialized entity entrusted with the development, operation, and upkeep of this facility for TP Solar. TP Solar’s manufacturing plant is expected to start commercial production of cells and modules by FY 24-25. TP Solar Ltd., is a subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited.

Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO, TPREL, said, “Green energy supply to our state-of-the-art 4.3 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility from the captive solar plant is a shining example of our commitment to a sustainable transition to green energy. This arrangement will act as a model for all the upcoming solar component manufacturing facilities to source green energy for their production and the resulting domino effect will significantly contribute towards the country’s ambitious target of achieving 500 GW of non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity by the end of this decade.”

With this new captive solar plant, TPREL’s total capacity will expand to 7,877 MW including 3,720 MW of projects at different stages of implementation, and an operational capacity of 4,157 MW, comprising 3,154 MW solar energy and 1,003 MW wind energy.

SOKTAS open its First Exclusive Outlet in Bengaluru, styling the city to remain Always Ahead


Bengaluru, 29th September 2023: Soktas, a luxurious cotton fabrics brand by Grasim Industries, part of Aditya Birla Group, today announced the opening of its first ever exclusive brand outlet in India at Jayanagar, Bengaluru. The store was inaugurated by actor and director of Kannada Cinema – Darling Krishna and Mr. Jasvinder Kataria, COO – Domestic Textiles, Grasim industries, Aditya Birla Group.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Jasvinder Kataria, shared his excitement saying, “The launch of SOKTAS’ first ever exclusive retail outlet in Bengaluru is a significant milestone for us. Our fabrics are not just textiles; they are expressions of elegance and sophistication. We are thrilled to bring a world of premium luxury cotton fabrics to the city’s fashion-forward men. With our Turkish heritage and unwavering commitment to quality, SOKTAS is set to redefine the way Bengalureans experience fine fabrics.”

Soktas is poised to redefine the world of fashion with its exceptional range of premium cotton shirting fabrics, made with 100% premium cotton and natural blends. Each piece of fabric is meticulously created using super-fine, high-quality yarns, resulting in an impeccable finish and a luxurious feel. Encompassing over 1000 square feet space which is spread across two levels, the outlet in Jayanagar is designed to provide customers with an immersive shopping experience, showcasing an exquisite range of fabrics that cater to diverse fashion preferences and providing a bespoke solution for every custom tailoring need.

While inviting Bengaluru to shop at Soktas, actor Darling Krishna shared, “As an actor, I have always been captivated by the spirit of Bengaluru. The city consistently stays ahead in all fields ranging from sports to technology to entertainment. Now, there will a brand in Namma Bengaluru that shares my vibe of being ahead in life. I am thrilled to personally experience Soktas and its exceptional range of luxurious cotton fabrics and elevate my style game.”

Mr Kataria further added, “With this inaugural store, we lay the foundation for an ambitious plan to establish Soktas as the go-to brand for bespoke solutions, preferred by today’s discerning and fashion-forward men. What makes this moment even more electrifying is the launch of our new brand campaign, ‘Always Ahead.’ This campaign embodies our commitment to constant reinvention, pushing boundaries with limitless possibilities in patterns, textures, and designs, echoing the spirit of our ambitious and discerning consumers who appreciate life’s finer things. The Soktas Man challenges conventions, values quality and sophistication, and embraces individuality in style choices.”

SOKTAS believes in responsible sourcing and ethical practices, ensuring that every fabric tells a story of quality and consciousness. The brand’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its certifications, including GOTS, OEKOTEX, and ISO – 9001.

SOKTAS sells through 3000+ multi-brand premium fabric retail outlets across India. The grand opening of SOKTAS’ exclusive outlet in Jayanagar promises to be a landmark event in the world of luxury fabrics offering its customers multi-weave patterns such as premium jacquards, fil-coupe jacquards, and clip dobby fabrics, among others. Visit at SOKTAS, Shop No. 22/136, 9th Main Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011 to experience the touch of luxury that is SOKTAS.

Mr. Sandeep Pal has been appointed as Operation Manager at The Fern Habitat, Candolim, Goa

Mr. Sandeep Pal

Sandeep Pal takes over as Operation Manager of The Fern Habitat, Candolim, Goa. Mr. Pal has over two decades in the industry, having worked with renowned hotel chains like Radisson, ITC, Novotel, Kenilworth Resorts and Spa, and Taj Hotel Mumbai. His expertise lies in food and beverage operations, with a strong track record in launching and managing successful restaurants and bars. As a dedicated and motivating leader, Sandeep prioritizes enhancing the guest experience and fostering a positive workplace environment. Known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, he approaches all tasks with vigor.

He is excited to assume the role of Operation Manager at The Fern Habitat Candolim Goa, the brand’s inaugural luxury apartment hotel in Goa. With a commitment to delivering a memorable and opulent experience, he is confident that The Fern Habitat Candolim Goa will emerge as a premier destination in the region.

Black Box Cybersecurity Wins 17 New Marquee US Customers, Including a Fortune 500 Client

Black Box

Bangalore,29th September 2023– Black Box, a trusted global technology solutions provider, celebrates yet another landmark achievement of its Cybersecurity business, which are offered under the brand name – Cybalt. In September of 2023, this specialized Cybersecurity business unit onboarded 17 prominent clients in the United States from diverse industries, including a notable name from the Fortune 500 list. Black Box is one of Essar’s key investments in the technology and retail sector.

Black Box has cemented its reputation by offering next-generation security solutions to its global clientele over the past years. Placing client security at the forefront of its operations and leveraging state-of-the-art Security Operation Centers in the US and India, Black Box provides 24/7 monitoring and management services. Addition of the new customers expands Black Box’s share of wallet and solutions portfolio within its existing and new customer base with a significant expansion of clientele for the Cybersecurity business.

“The Cybersecurity Business Unit’s rapid success stems from our seasoned and experienced global team, with deep domain expertise in cybersecurity,” said Khiro Mishra, SVP of Black Box & Global Head of cybersecurity business. “Our strength lies in crafting tailor-made solutions to address client-specific needs, ensuring they remain secure around the clock”, he added.

As digital transformation shapes industries, Black Box remains committed to providing unrivaled services and experiences for its global clientele. Black Box Cybersecurity services play a pivotal role to comply with this vision, harmonizing Black Box’s diverse technology service offerings.

Mr. Sanjeev Verma, President and CEO of Black Box, emphasized the strategic significance of cybersecurity endeavors in the current global landscape. “In an age where cybersecurity is of paramount importance, Black Box recognizes the importance of fortifying and scaling its capabilities. Our dedication to invest in the technology landscape and enhance competency in the cybersecurity space showcases our commitment to keep our clients not only digitally enabled but also digitally secured,” Verma commented.

With its unwavering dedication to client security and constant endeavors for innovation, the cybersecurity division of Black Box firmly establishes its overarching vision for a secure digital future.

Black Box offers cutting-edge services in Digital Infrastructure, Enterprise Networking, and Digital Collaboration, aligning seamlessly with the ever-evolving business environment. The company is gearing up to fortify its presence in crucial domains, such as Data Center services, Networking solutions, and Cybersecurity offerings. With a strong focus on innovation, customer-centricity, and comprehensive solutions, Black Box is well-poised to redefine industry standards and emerge as a technology and communications leader.

Pride Hotels Group Continues to Promote ‘india Dekho With Pride 2.0’ an Initiative That They Launched at the Beginning of the Year on World Tourism Day 2023

Pride Hotels Group

Pride Hotels Group, a leading hospitality chain in India, is proud to promote its remarkable initiative, “India Dekho with Pride,” in celebration of World Tourism Day. This campaign is geared towards unearthing the hidden treasures of India and promoting the nation as a secure and captivating tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destination.

India is a land of unparalleled diversity, boasting majestic mountains, serene villages, vibrant cities, breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, rich history, and a vibrant culture. The “India Dekho with Pride” initiative invites travellers to go beyond the well-trodden paths and uncover the extraordinary experiences that await them.

S.P. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Pride Hotels Group, expressed his excitement about this initiative, stating, “As we commemorate World Tourism Day 2023, ‘India Dekho with Pride’ underscores our commitment to rejuvenate domestic tourism and share the multifaceted tapestry of India’s beauty with our fellow citizens.”

This visionary campaign encourages travellers to explore uncharted territories and discover the exceptional facets of India’s diverse landscapes, culture, and heritage. To make the journey even more enticing, Pride Hotels Group has introduced a special offer, “Explore India with Pride.” This promotion is tailored to engage young travellers and families with budget constraints, making it easier for them to immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of these hidden destinations.

Pride Hotels Group has strategically positioned itself in approximately 56 exceptional locations across India, offering a total of 5,390 rooms, 109 restaurants, 152 banquet facilities, lawns, and conference halls. The group operates and manages a range of hotels under various brands, including “Pride Plaza Hotel,” an Indian Luxury Collection; “Pride Hotel,” conveniently located central business hotels; “Pride Resort,” situated in mesmerizing destinations; mid-market segment hotels known as “Pride Biznotel”; and a fresh concept of premium luxury serviced apartment stays, “Pride Suites.” These brands have earned acclaim from celebrities, corporate clients, as well as domestic and international tourists.

Pride Hotels Group’s current locations span New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Jaipur, Indore, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Mussoorie, Puri, Gangtok, Anand, Alkapuri, Manjusar (Vadodara), Sasan Gir, Somnath, Bhopal, Haldwani, Ranakpur, Rishikesh, Digha, and Rudraprayag, among others. Upcoming destinations include Daman, Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Agra, Dwarka, Jabalpur, Bharuch, Nainital, Jim Corbett, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Lucknow, Varanasi, Rajkot, Kanpur, Neemrana, Mysore, Gurugram, Aurangabad, Halol, Yavatmal, Greater Noida, Motera (Ahmedabad), Lonavala, Ambaji, Veraval, Amritsar, and many more.

SAFE Workshop Explores Sustainable Mobility Imperatives in Road Safety & Environment

SAFE Workshop

Guwahati, 29th September 2023: With the commitment to promote safe transportation across the nation, the Society for Automotive Fitness & Environment (SAFE), an initiative by SIAM, hosted the SAFE Technical Workshop 2023 in Guwahati, Assam, today. The workshop revolved around the theme of ‘Sustainable Mobility Imperatives concerning Road Safety and the Environment’.

The workshop facilitated dynamic knowledge sharing among stakeholders dedicated to enhancing road safety and addressing environmental concerns. The event was graced by the Chief Guest, Shri Gyanendra Pratap Singh, IPS, Director General of Police, Government of Assam and the Guest of Honour, Shri Adil Khan, IAS, Secretary of Transport, Government of Assam. The gathering also included several distinguished dignitaries and industry experts representing major corporations and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Together, they engaged in discussions on the pressing requirements of emerging technologies, regulations, and policies aimed at fostering inclusive and sustainable mobility.

Delivering his opening remarks for the SAFE Technical Workshop 2023, Mr Prashant K. Banerjee, Executive Director of SIAM, said, “While we addressed the 5E’s of road safety extensively in our discussions, today we introduce the 6th E, which is ‘environment,’ into our deliberations. Progress and development often come with pollution, and SIAM’s comprehensive sustainability mobility initiative, SAFE, reflects this concern. SIAM is at the forefront of the decarbonisation initiative, and we are proud to announce that, in alignment with the Government of India’s ethanol program, all new vehicles are now 20% ethanol-compliant as of March 1, 2023. Assam, known for its innovation, is even exploring the production of ethanol from bamboo and pioneering experiments with methanol, potentially shaping a greener future.”

Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop on ‘Sustainable Mobility and Vehicle Management’, Chief Guest, Shri Gyanendra Pratap Singh, IPS, Director General of Police, Government of Assam said, “At the outset, I would like to thank my colleagues at the police, transport, and traffic departments for their tireless efforts in keeping our roads safe and saving lives. While the driving testing ecosystem has improved, Assam requires high-quality driving schools to provide comprehensive training. SIAM’s crucial role is to ensure that the conversation around road safety and on-road accident fatalities becomes an integral part of all stakeholders, including drivers, vehicles, road conditions, and pedestrians. Pedestrians, in particular, need education to prevent accidents when they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope SIAM continues its association with the state enforcement officials and I invite them to actively participate in Assam’s state road safety council meetings. We all need to come together as guardians and agencies of the government to save the lives of the people of this country.”

On this occasion, Shri Adil Khan, IAS, Secretary of Transport, Government of Assam said, “The Assam Government and State machinery have taken-up road safety religiously. As the number of vehicles continues to rise, it is imperative for both the automotive industry and government to collaboratively brainstorm and devise effective

plans for road safety. The Government of Assam has implemented citizen-friendly measures with a dual goal of promoting a cleaner environment, ensuring fitter vehicles, and enhancing road safety. We remain committed to a sustainable and decarbonized transport sector and welcome suggestions from OEMs and other stakeholders to further strengthen our road safety policies.”

During the inaugural session SAFE workshop, Mr Alok Jaitley, Vice President, SAFE and Executive Vice President, Maruti Suzuki India and Mr Ashish Chutani, Head -Corporate Affairs, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, also shared their insights and perspectives on Sustainable Mobility and Vehicle Management.

The first session focused on ‘Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Sustainable Transportation. It was expertly chaired and moderated by Mr Sushant Naik, Vice President of SAFE and Global Head of Government & Public Affairs at Tata Motors Ltd.

The session featured thematic presentations from industry leaders: Mr Devendra Gendar, Vice President of PD & Design at VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd, discussed ‘Facilitating EV Development and Adoption.’ Shri Ohed Uz Zaman, ACS, Joint Secretary at the Government of Assam, Investment Cell, Industries, Commerce & PE Department, presented on ‘Policy Incentives and Subsidies for EV Adoption.’ Mr G. Sathiyaseelan, Chair of the SIAM Styling & Design Committee and Vice President (Design) at Ashok Leyland highlighted the role of ‘Design as an Enabler in Promoting Safer E-Public Transportation.’

The second session focused on ‘Biofuels and their Role in Green Transportation’ was moderated by Mr Alok Jaitley, Vice President, SAFE. Guest of Honour, Dr. S Lakshmanan, IAS, Managing Director, Guwahati Smart City Limited also addressed the gathering and shared his perspective on green transportation.

During this session, Shri Oinam Sarankumar Singh, IAS, Managing Director of Assam Hydrocarbon & Energy Company Ltd. (Ministry of Mines and Minerals), delivered a presentation on ‘Biofuels and their Role in Green Transportation,’ while Ms Sumathy Mohan, Technical Head at IOCL, discussed the ‘Role of Indian refineries in transitioning to cleaner fuels.’ They provided a comprehensive exploration of this critical aspect of sustainable transportation.

In the third session titled ‘Ease of Doing Business: Vehicle Registration Process, Regulations, HSRP & VLTD,’ Mr Harjeet Singh, Executive Advisor (Technical), Hero MotoCorp, chaired and moderated the discussion. Guest of Honour, Shri Rahul Chandra Das, ACS, Managing Director, ASTC, Guest of Honour, Dr Shantanu Datta, Member Secretary, Pollution Control Board, Assam and Guest of Honour, Shri Adil Khan, IAS, Secretary of Transport, Government of Assam, also provided their invaluable insights during the session.

The session also featured industry experts who covered essential topics. These included ‘Inspection and Maintenance ‘ discussed by Mr Gururaj Ravi, Deputy General Manager, Maruti Suzuki India, the ‘Process of HSRP and ‘Importance of VLTD’ explained by Mr Dilip Chenoy, Independent Director at Rosmerta, and insights into the “Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP)” presented by Ms Pamela Tikku, Vice President & Head of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. These presentations offered a concise overview of vehicle registration processes, regulations, and associated aspects of the automotive industry.

The workshop concluded on a high note, marked by a rich and insightful exchange of ideas, best practices, and strategies, fostering a collaborative spirit between government officials and esteemed industry experts. On this occasion, SAFE felicitated the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to road safety in Assam.

S.No. Name of Awardee Category Organisation
1 Mr Ayush Rana Innovation in Road

Engineering Award

NHAI, Guwahati, Assam
2 Mr Gautam Das Road Safety Warrior 1 Transport Department, Guwahati
3 Mr Himanshu Kumar Das Road Safety Enforcement & Law Enforcement

Excellence Award

Transport Department, Guwahati
4 Mr Sahabuddin Tapadar Education & Awareness

Excellence Award

Transport Department, Guwahati
5 Mr Deepjyoti Neog Encouragement of Safe

Road Behaviour Award

Transport Department, Guwahati
6 Mr J S Rongfor Road Safety Research and Evaluation

Achievement Award

Transport Department, Guwahati
7 Mr Manish Kumar Tiwari Road Safety Warrior 2 Traffic Police, Guwahati
8 Mr Sanjay Rabha Road Safety Warrior 3 Traffic Police, Guwahati
9 Mr Samser Ali Road Safety Warrior 4 Traffic Police, Guwahati
10 Mr Santosh Rahang Road Safety Warrior 5 Traffic Police, Guwahati